About | CV (8/2017)

I will join the Computer Science Department at University of Rochester as a tenure-track Assistant Professor starting Spring 2018. Before that, I will be at ARM Research getting my hands dirty with mobile SoCs for some exciting, forward-looking mobile applications. I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Ph.D. in 2017 working with Vijay Janapa Reddi. I spent the last year of graduate school as a Research Fellow visiting the Architecture, Circuits, and Compilers Group at Harvard University, generously supported by the Google Ph.D. Fellowship.

I am looking for Ph.D. students! If you also like hacking software and hardware systems and enjoy teaching your colleagues something new everyday, send me an email. Feel free to take a look at the research statement for my research interests and the teaching statement for my mentoring philosophy.


I do research in computer architecture and systems. I like building better software and hardware to make next-generation client and cloud computing fast, energy-efficient, intelligent, and safe.

My dissertation research advocates the Watt Wise Web: the next major milestone in the Web evolution driven by mobile devices' need for energy-efficiency. I take a holistic approach that involves networks, applications, programming languages, runtime systems, and processor architectures. Take a look at my defense talk.

I have also investigated processors and runtime systems for cloud servers of the future driven by managed-language-based, event-driven Web applications that are increasingly prevalent in today's cloud environment. My undergraduate research focused on enabling modern GPUs for general-purpose computing (parallel EDA algorithms, IP router microarchitecture). My undergraduate advisor is Yangdong Deng at Tsinghua University.


Email: strcat("y", last_name) at rochester dot edu
Twitter: @yzhu88